Feb 11

Top BAFTA Awards won by star of Gigli and Pearl Harbor

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Ben Affleck continued his streak of success last night as he took the stage twice during the ceremony of the EE British Academy Film Awards light night. Winning first for Best Director before returning minutes later as Argo was announced as Best Film, the BAFTAs were surely another vindicating evening for Affleck, who was snubbed earlier in the year when he missed out on an Oscar nomination for directing despite the film’s success in every other category.

The awards themselves were a classy affair despite Stephen Fry‘s unusually sloppy presenting. But even when he’s only at 30%, Fry is still the country’s most gregarious and dignified host: one shudders to recall the unspeakably awful Jonathan Ross years.

The truncated BBC broadcast spared viewers the need to sit though the minor categories  (i.e. ones not won by celebrities) but wisely kept some of the more touching moments. Danny Boyle’s introduction of Film4 honcho Tessa Ross along with Ross’ speech were some of the evening’s highlights. Along with Kevin Spacey’s warm presentation of a BAFTA fellowship to director Alan Parker, Boyle’s bit is one of the reasons why the BAFTAs are in many ways superior to the Oscars as a celebration of cinema. The American Academy are impossibly reverential and often incredibly self-congratulatory, while there’s always a more reasonable sense of perspective at the BAFTAs.

The rest of the major awards went according to plan, with no real surprises in the acting categories. Daniel Day Lewis and Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actor and Best Actress. They were up against incredibly strong competition but  they were both noticeably head-and-shoulders above the rest of the pack. Quentin Tarantino won the gong for Best Original Screenplay while David O Russell took home the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay: both of them are notable writer-directors, which must have really cheesed off dedicated screenwriters who don’t get to hob-nob with beautiful actresses nor win any awards this year.

Here are some of the winners from last night’s BAFTA Awards:

Best Film: Argo

Other nominees:

Les Misérables


Zero Dark Thirty


Outstanding British Film: Skyfall

Other nominees:

Anna Karenina

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Les Misérables

Seven Psychopaths


Director: Ben Affleck – Argo

Other nominees:

Michael Haneke – Amour

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Ang Lee – Life of Pi

Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty


Leading Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Other nominees:

Ben Affleck – Argo

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables

Joaquin Phoenix – The Master


Leading Actress: Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

Other nominees:

Jessical Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Mirren – Hitchcock


Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Other nominees:

Alan Arkin – Argo

Javier Bardem – Skyfall

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln


Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables

Other nominees:

Amy Adams – The Master

Judi Dench – Skyfall

Sally Field – Lincoln

Helen Hunt – The Sessions


Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man

Other nominees:

The Imposter



West of Memphis


Original Screenplay: Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino

Other nominees:

Amour – Michael Haneke

The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson

Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola

Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal


Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

Other nominees:

Argo - Chris Terrio

Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin

Life of Pi – David Magee

Lincoln – Tony Kushner


Non-English Language Films: Amour

Other nominees:


The Hunt

Rust and Bone



Animated Film: Brave

Other nominees:




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